On Mental Health and Spirituality Featuring: Tai Goodwin

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/fBjZ2nXddqw

Around :50 I share my history with Tai and how I came to know of her.

Around 1:52 Tai introduces who she is and who she works with as a life and business growth strategist.

Around 4:20 Tai talks about her history with traditional black Baptist churches and how she felt something wasn’t quite fitting right. She started questioning things about her faith and spirituality and stopped feeling ashamed about having those questions and began exploring spirituality outside of the black Christian experience.

Around 5:50 Tai talks about uprisings and outrage as symptoms and hunger for real spiritual connection. She addresses the difference between following rules and actually practicing your spirituality to deepen your relationship.

Around 7:20 Talk talks about the fall out with youth and church.

Around 8:14 Tai talks about how mental health hasn’t been adequately addressed or talked about in the church.

Around 11:20 Tai began talking about various relationships people can experience in churches when it comes to dealing with mental health and how there’s an opportunity for churches to educate their community. She talks about how leaders could step up in this area of educating.

Around 14:50 We reference the Black Panther movie and the concept of a council of Elders.

Around 17:23 I ask Tai if there is such a thing as “spiritual appropriation” and she shares her views on this controversial topic.

Around 19:00 Tai talks about how business people and churches capitalize religion.

Around 23:40 Tai talks about spiritually being a journey and an opportunity to address issues such as trauma. She ask talks about how spirituality connects all humanity.

Around 27:00 Tai addresses how to talk about mental health in spiritual communities.

Around 30:40 Tai shares how you can connect with other trailblazers in creating community, and transforming lives. She also shares her new “spin-off” site, Black Girl Mystic for black women who want to expand beyond the black Christian perspective.

About Tai:

As a life and business coach for entrepreneurs in the transformation biz, Tai specializes in helping her clients create profitable business models and revenue streams so they can avoid burning out and actually enjoy being their own boss.

Before stepping into the world of entrepreneurship, Tai racked up over 20 years of experience in learning and development including time at two Fortune500 companies. She has a B.S and M.S. in education, and she keeps a copy of the six-figure offer letter from Canon that she turned down because she wanted to start her own business. She started my business in 2007 while working full-time and officially stepped away from the paycheck in August of 2012. In January 2013 Tai was named to the Small Business Influencer’s Top 100 List. She hosted a podcast (6,000 monthly downloads) wrote a book, and has spoken on stages across the country.

In 2015, Tai decided to join Leadpages (an award wining local start-up). There she designed the training program for their technical support team in how to use their platform and the fundamentals of online marketing. In 2017, she decided to relaunch my business; helping women of all shades and from all neighborhoods build bankable businesses around their message. Learn more about Tai at http://taigoodwin.com

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Until Next Time…Peace, Love, and Wellness!

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On Mental Health and Spirituality Featuring: Mineela J. Chand, M. Div., LMFT

Here’s the direct link to the recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/glWj_85pD-o

Around 6:40: Mineela shares why she decided to pursue studies in Divinity and Therapy

She shares a bit about Sigmund Freud’s views on spirituality being a delusion.  (If you want to read more about Freud on religion you could start with Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices (1907) )

Around 12:44: Mineela talks about the differences between faith, religion, and spirituality.

Around 16:13: We give a shout out to George Michael!

Around 20:19: We talk about the opposite viewpoints on religion either being a very positive and healing experiences with spiritual communities or a painful and traumatic experience.  I talk about Karl Marx and his views on organized religion being “the opium of the masses” (it is a paraphrase) and we talk about the hero’s journey to see that view differently. She mentions Donald Miller as a reference and talks about the idea of organized religious communities representing the needed guide on that hero’s journey. I later mention Joseph Campbell who did extensive work on the hero’s journey, I specifically reference his book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Around 33:00 We start into a deep discussion about disconnection between faith communities and the current affairs, trauma, purpose, and identity reclamation. The article that mentions the scientific backing of spiritual practices such as drumming for mental health and its being recycled and sold back as if it were a new idea.

Around 41:57 Mineela ties trauma to religious text references, as she breaks down intergenerational trauma.  She references the research on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (you can find TED Talks on this research) and we talk about epigenetics and how they make you more vulnerable to things like addictions.  And then we discuss how to end this legacy of trauma.

Around 46:53 we talk about the impact of spirituality on identity and identity on mental health. So we begin with thinking about how spirituality inform who we are. Mineela mentioned a study on mental health and religion . (I found an article that talked about that study https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/unique-everybody-else/201301/troubled-souls-spirituality-mental-health-hazard )

Around 57:00 we close out and Mineela shares how you can get in touch with her and learn more about her counseling and consulting practice. Her website is: http://mineelachandmft.com Her Facebook page is: https://www.facebook.com/MineelaChandLMFT/

About Mineela:
As a Marriage & Family Therapist, Mineela Chand embodies empathy as she utilizes sophisticated, goal-oriented techniques that produce relief and results.

Possessing a manner that is both compassionate and charismatic, Mineela forms deep and emotional connections with clients as they explore the struggles in their lives. Whether sitting on the floor coloring with children or crying at clients’ stories of pain, she accesses a unique, authentic quality of caring that allows her and her clients to comfortably and effectively resolve the hold-ups and traumas keeping them from their full potential.

With over sixteen years of experience as a Marriage & Family Therapist, including four years working with children, and several more years of schooling and training, Mineela has developed a comprehensive practice that effectively aids individuals, couples and families suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, and ADHD.

Mineela loves her work. She takes pleasure watching people progress, happily saying “goodbye” to clients as they achieve their goals.

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How Mental Health, Religion, and Spirituality Are Interconnected (My Story)

Until Next Time…Peace, Love, and Wellness!

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Grab a FREE copy of my Manifesto “Because Love Is” no email sign up required

 

Suicide Prevention for Entrepreneurs with Mental Health Concerns

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Failure, Love & Persistence

Entrepreneurs run the gambit of emotions on a daily basis.

Are we good enough, smart enough, or talented enough?

We question whether pursuing our passions is a waste of time.

But what we don’t often acknowledge is how much these thoughts are compounded by mental health concerns.

This is the reason why I wrote my new book, “Success to Die For: Breaking Down Assumptions about Anxiety, Depression, & Suicide and Their Impact on Business Women” a book about mental illness and entrepreneurship.

A battle raged in my mind, and the minds of colleagues. So many entrepreneurs and business leaders struggle with suicidal thoughts. And attempt to take their own life. Sadly and tragically, some do.

We get upset, maybe we buzz about it on social media for a day or two and then we move on. I wanted to do more. No, I needed to do more. But, I didn’t know what to do or how to help. So I did the only thing left I could do: reach out to professionals and research mental health concerns amongst women in business.

My book is a compilation of stories from colleagues, who struggle to create the change they want to see, yet don’t feel they deserve success or happiness. They struggle with depression, anxiety, and stress every single day. They’re stymied by fears of failure, self-doubt, and self-sabotage.

But think it’s just part of the entrepreneurial experience.

What I want you to know is you are not alone.

Through my book, I share insights and resources for understanding the intimate relationship between mental health concerns and entrepreneurship.

My hope is that you will pick up where I leave off. Join this mental wellness movement and share your story, so that mental health concerns are recognized, destigmatized, and adequately addressed in the workplace and in life.

I believe that by acknowledging the ups and downs of entrepreneurship with love persistence prevails. Because even if we fall down, we don’t have to stay there. With love, acceptance, and guidance we can rise above any obstacle.

The two most liberating feelings in the world are realizing failure is an opportunity to grow and realizing you’re worthy (even if you think your life is a mess).

I feel called to spread this message about love. And I’m very grateful to all of you who have been listening, reading, encouraging, supportive, and loving along my book-writing journey.

Join my Facebook community here and share your story of struggle that led to triumph.

If you or a loved one need support right now, you can reach National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling: 1-800-273-8255. 

 

 

Until Next Time…Peace!

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Be The Change Series Interviews- Featuring: Mia Anika

The 2016 Be The Change Interview Series

Week 1 – Featuring: Mia Anika, Artist, Mental Health Advocate and TEDx Speaker

If the video didn’t show up here’s the direct link: https://youtu.be/lPHEHekkvOM

About

TEDXASC MJW headshot cA millennial creative born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Mia Anika serves her community as a visual artist and mental health advocate. She believes that creative expression is key to resolving mental and emotional conflicts, bringing healing: Art Heals the Broken.

On her blog SPECTRUM, she writes about process, shares inspiration for writers, artists, musicians etc (#TuesdayTea), and she discusses particular mental health issues, stigmas and pragmatic ways to overcome, including self-care (#TherapyThursday).

She created #HappyPlaceProject to help creatives and caretakers in particular to take focused breaks through journaling exercises, meditation and music–all packed in a free 7 day course delivered in a newsletter.

“Creatives, caretakers and entrepreneurs of color, in particular, do not take the time and space to care for themselves. Focused breaks actually make you more productive, less anxious, more liberated over time.” She shares in her TEDxAgnesScottCollege talk, Happy Place The Art of the Outlet.

 

How You Can Help

Mia’s artwork centers around the exploration of inner worlds, the intersections of faith, history and emotional intelligence. Support this artist and advocate at: mianika.bigcartel.com.

 

Resources Mentioned

#CultureFix

#MHChat

#blkcreatives

National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI NJ Annual Conference 

Until Next Time…Peace!

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The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business

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So, you’ve…

Filed your “Doing Business As”,

Created a airtight client contract,

And wrote a business plan, right? (One Page Plans are better than No Page Plans 😉 )

You’re feeling on top of the world!!!

These business necessities aren’t just a “break glass in case of emergency” thing that you only think about when there’s a problem.

You thought strategically about how to run your business when you started it. You spent hours studying what makes a business run smoothly. You mapped out how to avoid problems. And devised plans for what to do when a problem rears its ugly head.

But have you thought about making a mental wellness plan?

Let me ask you two questions…

1. Do you know what makes for good mental health? mentalwellnessdef

Good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, meaningful relationships, daily routines, helping others….

2. Are you actively planning how to DO the things listed above?

No one would recommend running a business haphazardly…

Getting in good accounting “whenever you can” & marketing “when the weather is good” & following up “when I feel like it.”

And you shouldn’t run your mental health that way either.

Creating a mental health plan to go alongside your business will help you feel less irritable day-to-day, more in control, & less vulnerable to emotional distractions.

That’s why I wrote The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business.

Even if you’re doing work you love & are passionate about, you can find yourself spiraling out of control.

From being a “Yes Woman” to struggling to find a way to meet your needs, you should plan for your mental well-being.

Because while climbing the proverbial ladder to success, you can become absolutely miserable, full of anxiety, & constantly fighting the work/life balance blues.

It’s time to start taking your mental wellness practice just as serious as any other habit or routine you’ve developed to achieve financial success.

Through The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business, you’ll learn 3 basic steps that’ll help guide you on your way.

Sign up here for a free PDF of The ABC Method to Managing Your Mental Health While Running a Business.

Until Next Time…Peace!

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